$300 Million For Procter & Gamble
07/19/2012 Leave a comment
A Letter To The Editor at the Southeast Missourian newspaper by David Larson:
On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the Cape Girardeau County Commissioners along with the Jackson School Superintendent collectively raised the real and personal property taxes on the residents of the county and citizens of Jackson without the courtesy of a public hearing!
The audacity of this 2-0 vote, only because one commissioner was missing in action, is outrageous. “Because the commissioners were already familiar with the Chapter 100 process,” the citizens’ views are unimportant?
Excuse me?! Just because Chapter 100 is a Missouri Statue, it does not morally relieve elected government officials or bureaucrats from asking for the consent of the people. The actions of these elected county officials and one employee of Jackson violated two very important “Principles of Liberty” established by our Founding Fathers:
“The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.”
“The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.”
Did these servants of the citizenry consider the following questions before setting off on this crusade of increasing property taxes?
What is the rate of return on the taxpayers’ money?
Why is the Jackson School Superintendent unilaterally making tax collection decisions?
How does the county and Jackson plan to pay for “wear and tear” repair costs on the infrastructure due to heavy construction traffic?
Can the county and Jackson guarantee the lease payments from P&G will cover the cost of the bond?
Instead of doing things right perhaps they should do the right thing. Get permission.